Learn about the stories of Indigenous Victorians from their earliest contact with European settlers to the struggles of one family in the twentieth century and see key documents created by Aboriginal leaders in their quest for control of their own lives.
See the earliest maps of Melbourne and descriptions of the European settlement of Melbourne in 1835. Discover how the Port Philip District was illegally settled by Batman and Fawkner and then developed into a thriving city.
Sailing into Melbourne showcases approximately 20 major records from the collection of Public Records Office Victoria, covering the devastating shipwreck of the Royal Charter in 1856, grim stories of quarantine and grand voyages from Australia to Europe carrying large amounts of gold.
Unique Kelly documents including the only existing letter written by Ned himself! Discover clips and a rare advertising poster from one of the world’s first feature films – The Story of the Kelly Gang - and find out why the film was banned in Victoria.
The story of Victoria’s gold - its journey and legacy in the years 1852-1862. The wealth from the goldfields funded what is widely considered one of the finest and most significant nineteenth century public buildings in Australia. The Old Treasury Building was commissioned in 1857 to store the gold bullion pouring into Melbourne
Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.
The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.
What can I see?
The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.
Come and explore the intriguing gold vaults and you may earn yourself a gold licence!
Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday), Free entry (schools and groups by appointment ONLY)
'Sailing into Melbourne' New Exhibiton at Old Treasury
Melbourne is Australia’s most important maritime trading hub; this new show at Old Treasury Building Museum traces Melbourne’s rich port history from 1842 until now.
The exhibition investigates a history of technological change and ingenuity from clipper ships to containerised transport, hand loading to mechanisation and dramatic public works on the waterfront.‘Sailing into Melbourne’ offers a fascinating insight into the history of Melbourne’s life as a port city. The shipwrecks, prison hulks, quarantine, maritime defence and troop embarkation.
Visitors can view a series of works from the mid-1800s that look at the darker side of the Port, including records on floating prisons and documents describing the conditions early migrants endured to reach Victoria.
The exhibition features archives, photographs, maps and plans from the Public Record Office Victoria collection.
The new Melbourne Panorama is now open!
Old Treasury Building is proud to announce the unveiling of the newly refurbished Melbourne Panorama.Launched by the Hon. Heidi Victoria MLA, Minister for the Arts, the new exhibit is a beautiful legacy for future generations.
The original Melbourne Panorama has been one of the most fascinating and popular interpretative features on display at the Old Treasury Building. The 360 degree photographic panorama was taken from the top of Parliament House in 1862, has now been recreated from the same vantage point in 2012 by photographer Michael Silver.
Thanks to a grant from the Copland Foundation, The vistas have has been juxtaposed to create a wonderful image of Melbourne city. Visible are familiar sights including the Old Treasury Building, St Patricks Cathedral under construction and even the Melbourne Club.
This new interpretation of Melbourne’s history, 150 years after the original photograph, will be a compelling and moving experience for visitors.
No matter when they arrived, all immigrants are linked by the common experience of a journey. Over the past two centuries the immigration journey to Australia has changed from a perilous sea voyage of up to 3 months to a comfortable and affordable routine flight lasting up to 24 hours. The Journeys of a Lifetime Gallery, also known as the Long Room of Old Customs House, features a 17-metre replica ship where visitors can experience the changes in sea travel first hand from the 1840s to 1950s. Phillip Morrissey will explore the themes, text, objects, images and individual stories connected to this well regarded exhibition space.
Friday 19 September* 10:30am Old Treasury Building In partnership with the Immigration Museum. Cost: $15 per person. Bookings: 9651 2233
*Please note: this talk was originally advertised for 12 September.
Programs relate to the AusVELS, in particular History, Civics and Citizenship, and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Bookings essential Phone: 03 9651 2233
Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the fascinating ‘Victorian Archival Treasures’ exhibitions. Students can discover the stories attached to the rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state archive collection of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).
Students can also explore the gold vaults and the impact of gold on early Melbourne and the new colony of Victoria. ‘Growing up in Old Treasury’ relates the story of the caretaker John Maynard and his family who lived in the basement of the building from 1916-1928.